Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School  Announces Youth Ensembles Auditions

A listing of auditions for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School is below. All ensembles auditions are held at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) will hold auditions for the Symphonic Winds and the Wind Ensemble on the follow dates:

  • Wednesday, August 8, 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 28, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Students interested in auditioning but not available on August 8 and 28 can submit an audition application. Auditions will be scheduled as early as possible. Contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

Founded in 2002, RIPYWE offers advanced woodwind, brass and percussion students from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut an outstanding opportunity to rehearse and perform high quality wind ensemble repertoire. RIPYWE offers these students a challenging and rewarding musical experience. RIPYWE Symphonic Winds is conducted by Music Director Dr. David Neves, and RIPYWE Wind Ensemble is conducted by John Knasas Jr.

Both RIPYWE ensembles rehearse once per week on Wednesday evenings from September–May. They participate in two major performances each year.

For an audition application or more information, please visit musicschool.riphil.org or contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

 Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) will hold auditions by appointment for the Symphony, Repertory and String orchestras, and Intermediate String and String ensembles on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 5, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 15, noon-3:00 p.m.

 RIPYO provides quality orchestral rehearsal and performance experiences for talented young musicians from Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. The professional conducting staff, led by music director, symphony conductor and RI Philharmonic Orchestra member, Alexey Shabalin, is committed to providing the best educational experience for each student.

All RIPYO ensembles rehearse once per week in East Providence from September through May and present three performances. RIPYO Symphony members also perform side-by-side with RI Philharmonic musicians at a Friday night Amica Rush Hour concert once each during the season.

 RIPY Chamber Ensembles

By appointment: Contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

Chamber Music classes provide a format for intensive study and performance of standard chamber music repertoire for string quartets, woodwind and brass quintets, piano trios and quartets and mixed ensembles. Students should have a minimum of three years playing experience. Ensembles receive weekly one-hour coaching sessions, perform in recitals and participate in masterclasses. Rehearsals generally begin in October and run through May. Acceptance and placement is by audition with Chamber Department Chair Lois Finkel. Students are placed in groups of two, three or more based on skill level, age and needed instrumentation.

Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Jazz Ensembles (RIPYJazz) will hold auditions for the RIPYJazz and Rock Combos by appointment throughout July and August. To arrange an audition, contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

The Jazz and Rock Department is for students inter­ested in jazz or rock study and performance. Courses are organized so that each student is placed according to his or her interests and skills, and can progress accordingly. The RIPYJazz Big Band, under the direction of Wendy Klein, performs at numerous community events including Vernal Arts and Music Festival and the Blackstone Boulevard Summer Concert Series.

All RIPYJazz and Rock ensembles rehearse once per week from September-May and perform throughout the season.

***Auditions Recap***

Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE):

  • Wednesday, August 8, 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 28, 4:00 p.m.-8:00p.m.

 Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO):

  • Wednesday, September 5, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 15, noon-3:00 p.m.

 RIPY Chamber Ensembles

  • By appointment, contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Jazz Ensembles (RIPYJazz):

  • By appointment, contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

About the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School:The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School encourages lifelong engagement with music through comprehensive music education and community partnership programs taught by Orchestra members and outstanding faculty. We prioritize artistry and education equally. Quality, access, diversity and collaboration are core values. The Philharmonic Music School serves students of all ages and ability levels, and provides instruction in all kinds of music, from jazz and rock to classical and folk, through private lessons, chamber music classes and large and small ensembles. More than 70 dedicated teachers comprise the faculty, many with degrees from some of the finest music schools in the world. The majority of Philharmonic Music School programs take place at the state-of-the-art Carter Center in East Providence. Completed in 2008, the Carter Center for Music Education and Performance is the largest dedicated community music school facility in New England. We also offer lessons in a welcoming, well-equipped environment at our East Greenwich branch. 

If you have any questions, call 401.248.7001 or cartercenter@riphil.org.

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